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A Conversation with Petra Costa the Director of "The Edge of Democracy"
Former Brazilian President #Lula may have been freed from prison on an appeal from charges of corruption. But the #farright continues to reign. @petracostal talks to @GRITlaura about her film #theedgeofdemocracy and what needs to be done to save Brazil’s Democracy. #carwash
In her new film, The Edge of Democracy, director Petra Costa tells the story of how Brazil went from a rising star among free nations to a democracy on the verge of collapse. With unprecedented access, Costa documents the rise and fall of Brazil’s Workers Party and its charismatic leader Lula da Silva, the impeachment of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro who has ushered in, as Costa puts it, a new era of rule by the bible, the bullet, and the banks. In this very personal conversation, Laura and Petra discuss life and politics in the U.S. and Brazil—nations built on land theft, genocide, and extraction. They wonder if democracy can survive in states that fail to reckon with their pasts.